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Dive Review of Scuba Dubai in
United Arab Emirates/Dubai

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Hamilton, Texas, USA
Report Number 26
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
88   to 91    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on board with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Water is hot in the Persian Gulf, and makes for murky conditions in the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Thursday and Friday are the weekend here. Scuba Dubai is located at the
Meridian Hotel.  Like most dive shops in the
region, Scuba Dubai has a couple of 28-foot boats with bimini tops. We dove
the SMB Barge wreck.

The SMB is a barge of over 150 feet in length, which sank 2 miles offshore
of Dubai. The vessel is upside down
on the bottom, with a gaping hole in the port side, and several other holes
have appeared as the craft decays in
the highly saline environment. The barge is broken in the center, and one
can penetrate all the way through the
boat here, as well as make limited penetrations in several other locations.
There are crab traps, and fishing line,
as well as ropes and lines left over from her working days all around the
wreck, so one has to be mindful. The water 
is quite salty due to the incredible heat and evaporation. 

We descended down the line right into the hole in the barge's hull. All
around us swarmed a huge school of
snapper. We kept going down to the sand, turned to our right, and headed
for the stern.  Most of the fish either 
were a totally different hue, or were altogether different species than one
sees in the Caribbean. The water is quite 
warm, and rich in plankton, cutting visibility somewhat.   Approaching the
stern, we found the first of several crab 
traps scattered around the wreck.  We had to do quite a bit of rehydrating
on our surface interval.  The weather report 
for Dubai that day indicated  122 f. Several of us decided to do our
surface interval in the water, where it was 90 degrees.  

Second dive was to the stern, and swimming through the wreck. The stern of
the barge is smashed as well, and we came 
up through the wreckage on her starboard quarter, and ascended to the
bottom of the hull, looking into the many holes being 
eaten into the plates by the salty seawater. . We descended down into the
wreck, seeing daylight on the other side. There is 
a virtual tunnel through the center bulkhead area in this wreck, and is an
easy swim through. Down in the hold, we spotted a 
school of whitish goatfish, and more angels. 

Dive 1:  74ft  25 min
Dive 2:  77ft  26 min


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